Rarieda Member of Parliament Otiende Amollo has been kicked out of the Justice and Legal Affair Committee following his fall out with the party over the BBI Bill.
His ouster comes barely a day after the Orange Democratic Movement had assured its members that the disagreements are nothing personal but democratic.
His position has been taken up by Ruaraka MP T.J Kajwang.
The ODM party wanted its members to pass the faulty document the way it was but the lawmaker has been on the wing that has been pushing for the reopening of the erroneous BBI document which seeks to amend the Kenyan Constitution 2010.
His ouster comes just hours after the ODM legislator on Tuesday, May 4, morning took to social media lamenting that there are plans believed to have been orchestrated by pro-BBI team led by ODM chair John Mbadi and Suna East MP Junet Mohammed to kick him out of the JLAC committee.
“The vicissitudes of politics. So, the schemers want me out of JLAC. I will take it in grace and stride,” he said.
Kivumbi.co.ke understands that Otiende and his counterpart Siaya Senator James Orengo were against party’s stand over the BBI document which is being debated on.
It was reported that the two lawyers were pushing for the reopening of the faulty document, a move that Raila’s legal advisor Paul Mwangi was against.
This was even after the ODM party had called upon all its members to pass the erroneous bill the way it was without amending even a comma.
However, the party on Monday, May 3, assured its cohorts countrywide that there was no rift within the second largest outfit adding that the ideological differences instead demonstrated the level of maturity in the party.
The party said members were deliberating but they will all vote for the Bill when the right time comes.
“In a democratic party like ODM, members have to disagree and later agree on principal especially when it comes to sensitive matters as the Constitution review,” ODM Director of Communication Philip Etale said.